Wed, January 18, 2023
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

VIRTUAL: Restorative Practices in OST: Reframing our Response to Wrongdoing Four Part Series

Length of Training- Four-part series 3 hours each 

Participants are REQUIRED TO ATTEND ALL TRAININGS in the series and complete two modeling sessions at their program site and assignments in between trainings.    

The program director or assistant director and at least one-two other staff members are required to attend this training series. (Minimum of 3 people per program)  

1/18/2023 Part 1- An Introduction to Restorative Practices and Questions 

2/1/2023 Part 2- Proactive and Responsive Circles

2/15/2023 Part 3- Restorative Justice Practices and Change at the Program Level

3/1/2023 Part 4- Restorative Justice Conferences – Advanced Level

 Do you want to create a culture of care in your program where youth learn conflict resolution through a structured process that supports all youth to have an equal voice and develop important social and emotional (SEL) skills?  

 Research on restorative practices in school and afterschool settings has shown significant improvement in behavior and program climate as support is given to youth who get in trouble to help them gain skills to change their behavior. Often, troublesome youth are stuck in a pattern of behavior, and they don’t know how to change.  

During this four-part training series, you will learn how to create and sustain an out of school time space where youth are taught to learn from their mistakes and repair harm done instead of isolating and punishing youth.  Modeling and technical assistance on how to run Restorative Circles/Conferences will also be provided between training sessions.  

The goal of this training series and cohort model will be for OST programs to move towards becoming more restorative in their discipline practices through implementing a plan that involves all stakeholders. Learn how to shift the climate and culture of your program in a sustainable way to promote authentic dialogue, equity of voice, and a true sense of belonging for youth, staff, and families. 

Upon successful completion of this training series, follow up assignment(s), and modeling sessions the participant will earn 18 clock hours (1.8 CEUs) of training. 

An Introduction to Restorative Practices and Questions 

Training Objectives 

Participants will:

  1. Discuss the differences between traditional disciplinary models in afterschool programs and restorative practices in discipline.
  2. List the basics of Restorative Practices.
  3. Practice affective questions, affective statements, and restorative questions.

Proactive and Responsive Circles 

Training Objectives 
Participants will:

  1. Compare the features of proactive and responsive/restorative circles.
  2. List the sequence of a proactive circle process.
  3. Practice Community Building Circles to strengthen relationships and build a sense of trust

Restorative Justice Practices and Change at the Program Level 

Training Objectives 
Participants will:

  1. Review the Problem-Solving Protocol steps
  2. Practice using responsive circles for problem- solving in a program.
  3. Develop a plan for implementing Restorative Practices in their afterschool program.


Restorative Justice Conferences – Advanced Level  

Training Objectives  

Participants will:

  1. Identify the components of a Restorative Justice Afterschool Conference.
  2. List the steps to implement a Restorative Justice conference with youth who are having a conflict or where wrongdoing happened using the Pre-conference and Conference Facilitator’s Scripts.
  3. Discuss how to implement Restorative Practices with administrators and staff in their program and come up with a plan.

Core Competencies Addressed 

Core Knowledge Area – Interaction with Children/Youth: 

5.B: Respect and Honor Cultural and Human Diversity – Level 1, 2, 3 and 4.

B2- Interact in a manner that reflects self-respect and respect for others.

Core Knowledge Area – Engage Families and Communities in Child/Youth Development and Learning  

C3- Value each family as an integral partner in the development and learning of their child/youth

Primary QIS Scales Addressed 

I. Safe Environment  

I-E- Creating Safe Spaces

II. Supportive Environment 

II-G- Emotion Coaching

II-I- Fostering Growth Mindset

III. Interactive Environment

III-K- Sense of Belonging

III-M- Promoting Responsibility and Leadership

III-N- Cultivating Empathy